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THE SECOND ANNUAL Feigenbaum Forum on Innovation and Creativity is made possible through a gift from the Feigenbaum Foundation, created by brothers Armand V. Feigenbaum ’42 and Donald S. Feigenbaum ’46, loyal alumni and longtime benefactors to Union. Acknowledged world leaders in systems engineering and total quality control, the brothers founded General Systems Co., the Pittsfield, Massachusetts-based international systems engineering firm that designs and helps implement operational systems for corporations and governments worldwide. For more than a dozen years before their passing, the brothers hosted the Feigenbaum Forum, a campus gathering at which academicians discussed characteristics of a new generation of leaders and how better to integrate liberal arts and other studies. The new Feigenbaum Forum builds on the original series by hosting internationally recognized speakers who have revolutionized their fields through innovation and creativity. In 2015, the inaugural speaker was Howard Gardner, the internationally-known psychologist who developed the theory of multiple intelligences.
Thursday, October 27
5:00 p.m. - Nott Memorial
MAYA LIN is the renowned artist and designer whose work includes the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala. In 1981, Lin was a 21-year-old senior majoring in architecture at Yale University when she submitted the winning design in a national competition for a memorial honoring Vietnam veteran in Washington, D.C. Her concept featured a wall for the names of the more than 58,000 servicemen and women who died in the war. Named to the American Institute of Architects’ list of America’s Favorite Architecture, the wall is visited by more than 4 million people annually. An environmentalist, she is working on a multi-site piece titled “What is Missing?” that focuses on the crisis of biodiversity and habitat loss. Another of her works, the Confluence Project, is an installation that spans the Columbia River that intertwines the history of Lewis and Clark and the Native American tribes of the region.
Lin’s talk is Thursday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. in the Nott Memorial. It is free and open to the public.